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“as well as” + verb

1a- He hurt his arm, as well as breaking his leg. 1b- He hurt his arm, as well as broke his leg. (Can I use "broke" here as well?) 2a- He can play the guitar as well as sing. (Are both ...
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Rearranging the word “of”

I believe this sentence is grammatically correct: Let's have a civil dialogue, to the extent that we're capable of. Can I replace of to form a sentence like this? Let's have a civil dialogue, ...
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Character X or of X

A: Do you know Rosa from Brooklyn Nine-Nine? (Brookyln Nine-Nine is an american sitcom. Rosa is one of the character in this tv-series.) B: Of course I know character of Rosa. B1: Of course ...
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proper parts of speech and analysis of structure

Find the wrong one(S) I saw injustice happen. I saw injustice happening. I saw injustice happened. This is from a grammar competition. Now from my little knowledge. I can only break it ...
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in doing/by doing/while doing

By/in doing X, Y happens. I am trying to understand the subtle difference between "by doing X" and "in doing X" . This thread's responder says that: " Both "by doing X" and "in doing X" form non-...
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The relative pronoun separated from its

A colony of 5,000 “red” and 5,000 “green” E. coli is allowed to eat and reproduce. In order to keep the colony size down, a predator is introduced which keeps the colony size at 10,000 by eating (at ...
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Can we 'get passive' without 'by'?

I read the below sentence somewhere. My question is can we use 'get passive' without by? He might get carried away in being a TV reality star rather than being a boxer. Should we use 'by' instead ...
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“That of being”

He then spends the rest of his life trying to expiate his dual sin: That of being furious at his mother for not satisfying him; that of being such a greedy child who really deserves nothing better. (...
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Correct usage of “used to”

Should I use 'used to' even when something just doesn't happen only today but will happen tomorrow? Should I use 'used to' for this kind of sentence also. I normally leave at 5 pm from office, at ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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Imagine someone to be/ ımagine someone being/ imagine someone is

This websites says: "imagine can be followed by either (a) a gerund or (b) a noun phrase or pronoun + to-infinitive but with different meanings". And gives examples: a- Imagine living at 2,000 ...
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How to correctly punctuate a statement that has a list of questions after a colon?

Option 1: An unemployed individual asks three essential questions following their loss of employment: Do I qualify for EI benefits? If I qualify, how much will I receive? How long will I receive EI ...
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Using “Look across”

1- You look across the table and tell your daughter to stop argueing with her brother. (Context: You are sitting at the dinner table with your son sitting next to you on the same side of the table ...
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“you don't…without…”

A and B are going to take a bomb-defusing class tomorrow. A: I am going to dominate that class. You don't cross-stitch for 20 years without developing a steady hand. B: Wow, you really think ...
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“Being such” or “Being as such”

Looking for an descrpition of a phrase, I came across these definitions: Definitions for Natural: 1- Being such from birth or by nature. 2- Being such by blood and not by adoption or ...
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“It is time + you + do”

Which means you're technically an adult, don't you think it's time you move on from primitive constructs such as popularity? I saw this line in a tv-series. I thought this construction "it's time + ...
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should I write “These details belongs to my dad” or “These are my dad's details ” when writing an email?

When writing an email should I write "These details belongs to my dad" or "These are my dad's details"? I know this sounds somewhat silly but I want to be grammatically correct.
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(Subject+verb+object) sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (subject+verb+object) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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Correct use of Deduct and Deducted

Once we deduct/deducted it we have to deduct this for next six month. What should I use in above sentence Deduct or Deducted? Is it something like a) If we deduct it once the we will have to ...
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I have mistaken 2 as 4 due to poor observation.is this correct

I have mistaken 2 as 4 due to poor observation
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Usage of “Opt”: opt vs opt for

I understand the usage of opt to (do something) and opt out (of something), but I'm a little confused about opt vs opt for. For example: Which Subjects did you _____? I _____ philosophy; he, ...
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Worth of meaning

A: Bag belongs to one of his suppliers. And it contains a football's worth of cocaine. (A is showing a football's size by his hand while speaking. The size of the cocaine pile is similiar to a ...
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Are adverbials inclined to the subject?Rather than simply modifying the verb

"He writes the word on the board." If adverbials are simply about the verb, then “on the board” in “He writes the word on the board” can be explained as either an adverbial or an complement, for on ...
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“Emerge from” meaning + construction

1- A: Turn it off. B: No. A: Do it now. That's a direct order. B: Well, you don't want to start a battle of the wills with me because you will emerge from that battle a broken man. ...
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Why do/don't you think

I saw this sentence in a comic book: Why don't you think he wants to call her? (Context: A doesn't want to call B. C is asking D's opinion on this issue.) I wonder if I can use the rewritten ...
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How to politely tell your senior that what they told is wrong?

How to politely tell someone whatever they told is not correct according to me? Is it okay to say "let me know if I am wrong?" after explaining them about that concept?
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How tell current situation? Verb Past Tense or Present Perfect Tense?

Friend: Please give me access of your computer. I did some changes in the system. What should be my reply to him? a) I gave you the access, please check? b) I have given you the access, Please ...
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wash the dishes ; a phrase?

I don't know either the following constructions are a phrase or a clause? 1) wash the dishes 2) do the laundry 3) take out the garbage In my opinion, they are all phrases or verb phrases ...
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Please find attached the document consisting of code [closed]

Which one of the following is correct - Please find attached the document consisting of code. Please find the attached document consisting of code. Please find attached the file consisting of code.
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Are all four sentences correct? [on hold]

I don't want to spend my life by being an ignorant. I don't want to spend my life being an ignorant. I had learned how to fly a plane by being a pilot. I had learned how to fly a plane being a pilot.
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Can we use present perfect for future event?

I heard someone like "they have been married in two years so we should be married in two years. 'Have been married' for future event? I don't get it. Is this sentence correct?
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Sentence construction with participles

A: A is drinking cups of coffee nonstop in the kitchen. B: What the hell! You trying to make your heart explode? A: I am loading up on coffee. Because it is a pain in the ass getting to ...
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How to ask someone for cycling?

I moved into a new apartment and don't have any friend in this apartment. I want to make new friends but don't know how to initiate the conversation. I thought asking someone for cycling would be good ...
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Is it right to use “how important” as a subject in this sentence? And what does it mean?

I wonder if it's correct to use “how + adj.” as a subject in a sentence, just the way I saw in the following sentence : “Everybody stay where you are. Chill out,” Quill said, slowly circling ...
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Is this sentence structured well? [closed]

"As the current conflict in the country continues to aggravate, many services, basic and essential infrastructure have been destroyed or greatly diminished."
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Have abled to vs have been able to

1.I have abled to do that. I have been able to do that. Why we can't say 1
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I need you guys to check if there is a grammatical error in this sentence [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? That time Angela took the single greatest photograph ever. Ever.
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What is 'what' in the following sentence? What's wrong in using 'which' instead of 'what' here?

In the following sentence, Is 'what' used as a relative pronoun? In what is being seen as signs of reluctance in cooperating with the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, British ...
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It is almost too easy

Whenever she gets stressed out, she smokes. And it is almost too easy to stress her out. This line is from a sitcom called Brooklyn Nine-Nine What does the marked phrase mean? I think ıt means she ...
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“As such” to mean “like that”

1- On any type of formal school exam, these sentences would not be considered "correct" they are never written as such.....they're only spoken as such. 2- Do not behave as such. 3- Doing ...
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“as was just mentioned” or “as just mentioned”?

A couple of lines earlier: for this reason one can say that the subjects in questions have been influenced by X. . . . A survey of that kind would show how, as was just ...
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Using “Like” And “As If” In Unreal Conditions?

1- Why do you talk about him as if he were an old man? (He is not an old man.) 2- They treat me as if I were their own son. (I'm not their son) Can I use "like" in these sentences above ...